Shadowkeep is the fourth expansion to Destiny 2 where the story really hasn’t progressed that much since the campaign ended. Although the raid had ties with the campaign, nothing meaningful has happened to us as a result of it.
Ikora however, is building a portal behind her little station, and every week it gets closer to being completed. Its purpose is to “Kill the Undying Mind in every possible timeline.” This is a unique idea and seems like a sneak peeks at Bungie’s new “Single evolving world” style of content delivery. We’ll have to wait and see what happens when it’s complete.
This expansion has really added a lot more for me to do and gear to chase. The writing is really good with lots of new lore to dive into. Eris Morn is probably the best-written character in all of Destiny and I’m glad she is back. The dungeon and raid are some of the best pieces of content in the game and the new moon strike is very good.
The nightfalls are fantastic. The lowest two difficulties are match-made and grant decent rewards if you do well in them. The higher two difficulties are rather difficult as well, however, they frequently give endgame materials for completing them. These materials are unlimited, so you can farm these nightfalls as many times as you’d like.
Seasonal Ranking seemed like a cheap way for Bungie to add in another source of cash for them. However, after nearly reaching max level, I can say that I actually enjoy the system. Every level up takes the same amount of XP, and there isn’t any XP throttling that slows you down. If you wanted, you could spend a few days just grinding bounties and you could reach max level. The rewards it offers are enticing, and I actually find myself routinely doing bounties for the first time ever.
The new Glory system changes make it incredibly easy to gain a Glory score. When losing, you only lose upwards of 5-10 Glory per game(I assume this increases when you reach more elite ranks), while gaining around 150 – 200 score per win. Scout rifles seem to have made a comeback, seeing as pulse rifles and hand cannons had their ranges nerfed.
The new maps are OK, not great, not bad either. Titans (One-eyed mask, bottom tree striker, and insurmountable skull fort) are still broken.
The new light system is designed to throttle progression as much as possible to keep you playing longer, artificially inflating their player count at most times.
Most activities that reward powerful gear give an item that is 1 or 2 levels higher than your equipped gear and prime engrams are not much better. It is now harder than ever to level up, and the hard cap of 960 has been determined to be nigh unreachable by the end of this season.
The player base itself has become full of people speedrunning through activities simply because they are bored of the grind. This makes it difficult for players attempting to complete bounties and quests because they are constantly being forced to catch up and not kill the enemies in the activity about killing enemies.
There are a lot of mixed opinions about the new armor 2.0 system, but the facts are as such: you can only use certain weapons with certain armor polarities as the mods cannot be equipped on anything but that same polarity.
It has created a system where not only is the gear not guaranteed to be better, but it may have a poor roll stat-wise and may not even be the right polarity to be worked into a build. Three layers of RNG have throttled my progression and my enjoyment of the game.
Even as a free game to play with friends, Destiny as a series has run its course for me. It has become apparent that Bungie is burned out on the franchise as they are no longer adding new original content to the game and instead simply reskin and repackage nearly everything at this point.
Is It Worth Your Time & Money?
I do not recommend the expansions or the base game to anyone looking for a long term gaming investment or a game that could be used in the same sentence as the word fun and advise you to invest your time elsewhere.
For new players, try playing New Light first before deciding on buying Shadowkeep.